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Wireless Crane Camera System for Boom, Hook, and Other Crane
Why Do You Need a Wireless Crane Camera System?
Fatal Crane Injuries
According to U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported that there were a total of 297 crane-related deaths from 2011-2017. Over this 7-year period, it is found that, surprisingly, the major cause of deathly injuries was struck by loads during crane operation, contributing an average of 22% of the total injury, surpassing the number of fatal injury caused by transportation incidents and crane collapses.
The most common causes in crane accidents occur in blind lift situations where the operator has limited visibility and therefore is completely dependent to the dogmen, riggers, or signalers to instruct them when moving the loads from one point to another point via radio communications, which has many drawbacks such as slower lifting movement, an interruption in receiving the instruction due to the use of traditional radio transmission, and often inaccuracy in loads placement leading to deadly injuries.
Furthermore, with the rapid development of urban infrastructure, high-rise and complex modern buildings are becoming the new normal, crane operators are required to place their loads in even more constricted and tighter areas than before, causing the probability of collisions and injuries are even higher when crane operator has limited job-site view and less loads movement control.
BEST Practice: Wireless Crane Camera System
Over the years crane and tech experts have developed a new technology to solve this problem, a Wireless Crane Camera System. The wireless system is an ideal solution for ease of deployment considering some key factors such as the heights and complexity of on-site situation. A standard wireless crane camera system usually consists of a crane camera, a monitor, a signal receiver ,and a battery. The camera is put on the hook part of the crane, through the signal receiver it will transmit the live video output to the monitor, enabling the crane operator to instantly monitor on-site work situation in real-time video from the cabin.
Wireless crane camera system is proven to be effective in increasing crane operator job-site awareness, improving communication between crane operator and other on-ground staff, increasing accuracy of load placements, increasing the speed and completion of the lift. As a result, improving the overall productivity. As a result, based on multiple case studies of different crane camera brands, overall productivity is increased by more than 50%.
The needs of a wireless crane camera system translates into two key benefits: Safety and Cost-Effective
Increase Work-site and Lifting Awareness
- The crane operator can clearly see the rigger, the personnel around the load and can instantly verify the location of the hook block and the load.
- Blind lifts or blind spots are eliminated. It enables the operator to clearly see and verify critical details of lifts.
- The clear visibility from crane camera increases the operator’s ability to make a more confident and safer decision which reduces possible fatal injuries and crane accidents.
Less Time, Increase Productivity, Save Costs
- The operator can now move loads in less time and more accurately. Improve operating efficiency and productivity.
- Reduced fatal injuries and crane accidents also equal to cost-saving, minimizing expensive medical bills and potential lawsuit claims.
- Improve communication with on-ground personnel. Radio commands from the dogmen or rigger can be confirmed visually by the crane operator without pressure and hesitation caused by blind spots.
Why Scarlet APOLLO M1-Wireless Crane Camera System
With several brands available in the market offering similar product, it can be a daunting task to do your own research and find the best and the most suitable one for you. Through years of research and development, Scarlet Apollo M1 is a professionally engineered wireless crane camera system suitable for various types of cranes. Unlike other brands, rather than having only one camera, Apollo M1 comes with two wide-angle infrared cameras; Hook-View and Winch-View cameras. The hook-view camera displays an unobstructed view of rigging details, while the winch-view camera displays view from the side of the crane. The live audio visual view from both cameras will be transmitted wirelessly and displayed through the LCD touch panel in real-time basis, providing an instant yet reliable audio visual aid for crane operator.
Scarlet Apollo M1 key features and advanced technology include:
Two Wide-Angle Cameras with Split Screen Display
Scarlet Apollo M1 comes with two wide-angle infrared cameras, the Hook-View and Winch-View camera, not just one. It can also support up to four cameras placement, which means you can add two more cameras on the work site as desired. The LCD touch panel has a smart split screen display function, enabling you to monitor not only one but multiple real-time on-site video feed from different cameras at the same time. This function allows crane operator to gain more confident when lifting as he has more visibility and movement control on the operating field.
Smart Full-HD LCD Touch Panel & 30-Day Loop Recording
The full-HD LCD touch panel is technology-driven, specially designed to provide a clear screen visibility even under a strong sunlight. The user-friendly interface lets anyone from crane operator to those in top management know how to use the panel quickly without feeling overwhelmed, also minimizing a significant training time.
The LCD panel also supports a 30-day loop recording function, just simply insert a SD card, like a dashcam. The recording is useful for later viewing or analysis and even can be used for crane operator training purpose based on real-events happening on the job-site.
24/7 Non-Stop Power Supply: Dual Function Renewable Energy Battery
Apollo M1 is powered by renewable solar power and rechargeable Li-ion battery. The solar power battery is using an innovative waveguide photovoltaic technology with 21% Mono-Si solar cell based on the use of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymers.This means that Scarlet Apollo M1 solar power system exhibits higher optical efficiencies and great mechanical flexibility way much better than traditional solar power panels. The high-capacity Li-ion battery can last up to 30 hours without charging in between. During daytime, it can use the solar-powered battery, while at other weather conditions when there is no sunlight, it can be automatically switch to the li-ion battery. The strong battery capability allows Apollo M1 to operate non-stop 24/7 in all weather condition.
ApolloCam APP for Remote Monitoring
With ApolloCam App (free download available for iOS and Android user) and Scarlet 4G Router, Apollo M1 allows remote monitoring access where you can watch a livestream of on-site work situation from your smartphone or tablet. This function is extremely useful especially for middle-top manager who can have an unlimited access to monitor on-site work situation anytime and anywhere without having to physically be in the work field, which in turn saves a lot of traveling time and money.
Heavy-duty Magnet for Easy & Secured Installation
Scarlet Apollo M1 is portable and easy to install. It can be quickly installed without interrupting the workflow of job-site. No drilling of holes into equipment or welding is needed. The hook-view camera, winch-view camera, and the solar power battery station are all equipped with magnet attraction features. For extra fall protection a one-meter safety lanyard is also included.
Is APOLLO M1 Worth the Money?
The market price of a standard wireless crane camera system starts from USD 10,000 . This means that just to get a standard crane camera system with only one camera and standard feature you have to pay more than USD 10,000. Compared to other brands with less functionality and specification, Apollo M1 has an absolute competitive advantage in terms of pricing, design, functionality, and the technology features. Hence, price-wise and specs-wise, Apollo M1 is such a value buy. Not only it costs you less, but also offers a lot of intangible benefits such as an increased in productivity and work safety which will save you a lot more money and time in the future, making it a good investment for your business.
What is Heat Stress?
Heat stress is the effect that the thermal environment has on a person’s ability to maintain a normal body temperature. Physical work generates heat in the body which must be lost to the environment through sweating and evaporation. A hot or humid environment makes this more difficult and this can affect both mental and physical performance. Inability to get rid of body heat adequately may result in heat illness.
Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes.
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What is Heat Stress?
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